Things I Don't Understand

Just a few things I don’t understand:

  • Why are 90% of beauty salons named with a pun? (“Shear Energy.” “The Mane Event.”)
  • Why do real estate and insurance agents have their photos on their business cards, when it actually makes them seem less trustworthy?
  • Why do bureaucrats (and people who aspire to bureaucratism) say “at this time?” What is that supposed to mean?

What don’t you understand?

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Brad Rourke

Executive editor of issue guides and program officer at the Kettering Foundation.

2 thoughts on “Things I Don't Understand”

  1. I don’t agree that photo business cards make real estate agents seem less trustworthy. I think people respond well to those cards (I do) and have now come to expect them. A photo-less real estate card looks like the agent is hiding somethibg.

    (I have no idea why insurance agents use photos.)

  2. Brad, as someone in the midst of showing an occupied house, and—having the kind of mind I do—as someone who has therefore thought a little about the opportunities for confidence and other crimes that a for-sale house might offer the right crooks, I’ve been glad for the way a photo card helps me to know that whoever is coming in, claiming to be an agent, isn’t just handing me a card he swiped from an open house earlier that day. Of course, he could make fake cards… of course, that would require that his premeditated plan to commit a crime include a decision to leave (or at least bring, and risk leaving) a picture of himself at the scene of a crime….

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